The Sony Ericsson Play is unlike any Android smartphone that is bound for the market. It features a slide-down gaming pad that allow you to not only play current Android game titles with a proper D-Pad and other controls, but it’ll be able to play a certain number of PlayStation titles designed for the device. Inside it’s packing a 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 single-core CPU with 400MB of RAM, running on a 4″ 854×480 display, powered by a 1500mAh CPU. It comes to Verizon wireless in March.
After going hands-on with the Xperia Play, we thought that the slide-out gaming controls are great, for those who live for gaming. As you can see in the video, we’ve got a hard time finding the proper controls (as we’re not that much into PlayStation console gaming) but the idea generally is great.
Having a gamer-oriented device with gaming controls will be a great way for many to spend some quality time playing while being mobile. But, you can always do it by the touch controls on the screen too so it’s up to your tastes. As you’d expect, the build quality is good, the sliding mechanism is great, smooth and spring-assisted. The display brings great colors and a high contrast to your eyes and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform is quick — paired of course with the speedy processor — to deliver great playing experience. That said, it wouldn’t be your daily driver though if you’re a business man or if you’re not head over heels for gaming.